May 4, 2009
H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) Update
To the Campus
The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) reported the first
confirmed case of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in Onslow County (eastern North Carolina)
on Sunday, May 3.
Because the number of suspected cases and their locations continue to
increase, the NCDPH has revised its criteria for testing and handling of
suspect cases. Testing will no longer be conducted for people who have
symptoms of H1N1 unless they are hospitalized.
The revised guidelines mean that all people who have flu-like symptoms, such
as a fever and respiratory illness, should practice social distancing and
seek medical advice. It is possible that many of the people with flu-like
symptoms have seasonal influenza and not H1N1.
A UNC Asheville student with mild flu-like symptoms was treated today at
Student Health Services. Given the NCDPH’s revised guidelines, the student
has left campus and returned home.
UNC Asheville continues to monitor the situation and is in regular contact
with local and state health authorities. Updates will be provided as they
All updated flu information is available at
UNC Asheville News Services